Inspired by Jesse James and West Coast Choppers, the Jesse James Reel Company‘s goal from the beginning was to design and build fly fishing reels with a strong design element that are also tool-like in their form and function. Company president, Mark Mahoric, field-tested the 44 Mag fly reel for two years on the trophy waters of Alaska’s rivers and streams prior to its recent release.
All Jesse James reels are machined from 6061 bar stock aluminum and feature a machined aluminum reel handle, spool release and drag adjustment knobs. They have a drag system that provides silent line retrieval and a solid click with outgoing line. The 44 Mag features a gun-smoke-colored spool and a black spider-web frame pattern. The reel also features a custom skull spider logo, the Jesse James 44 Mag text on the handle, and the iron cross, which have all been laser-etched into the aluminum.
Currently available in a 7/8 model, the Jesse James Reel Company will release the Jesse James 44 Mag 4/5 (made from 3 1/4-inch stock) in May 2011, and a Jesse James 44 Mag saltwater/spey model (made from 4 1/2-inch stock) which will be available in early February 2011.
The 44 Mag retails for $500 at the company’s Web site.